Just for something different this post is not about books. It’s about patchwork and cross stitch, although I’m sure there are heaps of books on the subject. I wish I could say that I’m an expert at arts and crafts but I’m not. I can’t even sew a straight seam! Last year I enrolled in a class to make a quilt. The class was for 5 hours and was called “Slash and Sew”. Optimistically I was expecting to sew the entire top of a quilt in five hours. Here is a picture of what I achieved in that time:

Quilt in Progress

and that was with a fair bit of assistance from the tutor. Needless to say I came home from the class, stuffed my part made quilt into the wardrobe in what used to be my younger son’s bedroom and haven’t done any more since.

Lately, however, I have been following a blogger whose enthusiasm for quilt making and other crafts has made me actually want to get going and do some more. Here is an example of one of her beautiful  quilts:


One of GnomeAngel’s lovely quilts

GnomeAngel has even inspired me to start on a new piece of cross stitch. It’s been quite a few years since I did any cross stitching and I have another confession to make. I have had a work in progress (WIP) which has been languishing in the linen press for more years than I care to remember. So many years in fact that the needle I left in the fabric had begun to rust. I can now proudly announce that my WIP is now complete!!! Now all it needs is framing, plus a little clean up beforehand.

My eyesight, I’m afraid, isn’t what it used to be, and I have had to resort to using one of those magnifying thingies. It’s a bit awkward to use but I’m getting used to it.

Now that I’ve finished my “Welcome” cross stitch I have given myself permission to begin my next project, even though the quilt is still a WIP. This will be a cross stitch sampler called “The 2013 Monthly Woodland Sampler”, from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. Since it’s February already and I haven’t started January yet, I’d better get a move on!

I hope to be back soon.